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Artrageous Weekend in Columbia!

October 12, 2012

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If you’re going to be in Columbia this weekend, get ready to get artrageous!

Artrageous Fridays are a quarterly event that celebrate the vibrant and ever-growing art scene in Columbia, and once a year they extended it to an entire weekend of arts and excitement! All weekend, The District and the North Village Arts District as well as Columbia’s college campuses highlight all of the artistic opportunities that Columbia has to offer. Businesses from galleries to shops to banks all open their doors to art enthusiasts to expose them to music, dance, theater, pottery, painting and more!

Get details on each venue’s special events for the weekend here. You’ll also be able to enjoy performances and art while you eat in Columbia’s fantastic restaurants. Have an artrageous weekend!

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“We Always Swing” Jazz Series presents – “A Chunk of Monk”

October 9, 2012

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The “We Always Swing” Jazz Series invites mid-Missouri to join us October 15-17 for “A Chunk of Monk” – A celebration of the iconoclastic jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk.

It all starts Monday, October 15 at 6 p.m. with the screening of the documentary STRAIGHT, NO CHASER at Ragtag Cinema. At the time of its release Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, ”The film’s late-1960s portions, which document a European tour and also catch Monk playing in clubs and in recording sessions, are some of the most valuable jazz sequences ever shot… The Monk music that courses through the film is extraordinary in its range of feeling…” Tickets for the film are available from the Jazz Series box office.

The celebration continues Tuesday, October 16 when NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron teaches “INTERPRETING & RE-INTERPRETING THELONIOUS MONK” at Piano Distributors. Starting at 4:30 p.m., the master class is FREE to all students (Junior High – University) and $8 for the public. Space is limited, so please call the Jazz Series to reserve your spot.

Later that evening we’re back at it with “THELONIOUS MONK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL” – a panel discussion featuring Kenny Barron; Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA and author of the acclaimed biography Thelonious Monk: The Life And Times Of An American Original; and Gerald Early, likewise a nationally known author, critic and essayist who holds the positions of Merle Kling Professor of Letters and Director at the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. Starting at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, MU School of Journalism, the discussion is FREE, but space is limited. Please call the Jazz Series to make reservations.

“A Chunk of Monk” culminates Wednesday, October 17 when Kenny Barron Quartet plays the Missouri Theatre at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. doors) The all-star group will bring the music of Thelonious Monk to life for one special evening. Tickets available through the Jazz Series or Ticketmaster.

For more information, please visit our website, stop by our new office at 21 N. Tenth Street, or give us a call at 573-449-3009.

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Many thanks to Josh Chittum with the We Always Swing Jazz Series for submitting this guest blog post.

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Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ – How to Festival

September 18, 2012

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It’s finally time!

This Friday and Saturday, downtown Columbia will be transformed as the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival takes over! Whether it’s your first time at the festival or you’ve been coming since the beginning, Roots ‘n Blues has something new to offer each year. Here’s a few things to not miss at this year’s festival…

1. Take a stroll through BBQ village, where competitors set up early and stay up late. The smell alone is reason enough to check out these festive folks.

2. Were you at the True/False Film Festival this year? Did you love ‘Searching for Sugarman?’ Then don’t miss your chance to see Rodriguez live at Roots ‘n Blues! He’ll be performance on the MO Lottery Stage at Peace Park Friday evening.

3. Take the time to look down as you wander the festival. This year, festival organizers partnered with local artists to create stunning storm drain art to raise awareness for what litter does to our water system.

4. Singing for a Cause. As a park of the Blues in the Schools program, a resident artist visits local schools to teach them the importance of music each year. This year, TJ Wheeler will be performing with those very students at the free stage in Flat Branch Park on Saturday morning.

5. Give a Cheer. Have a few spare minutes Saturday morning? Head down to Flat Branch Park to cheer on the racers as they finish their 10K and Half Marathon. Sure they’ve gotten to experience a beautiful course, listen to music and get free barbeque, but they’ve also been running. Who knows, maybe they’ll share their BBQ with you.

6. Al Green. Enough said.

A few last things:

-Tickets are still available here, so get them now!

-Also, downtown Columbia is extremely easy to navigate, but here’s a festival map.

-You can also use your smartphone to get around the festival this weekend. Just search ‘Roots N Blues’ on your iPhone or Android device.

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Uniquely Columbia – The Missouri Theatre

August 7, 2012

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The Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia is truly a historical treasure. Sitting proudly on 9th Street, the theatre has been hosting world renowned talent for nearly 100 years. Originally a vaudeville theatre, the Missouri Theatre has been painstakingly restored to its former glory and is a must see on your next visit to Columbia.

The gorgeous interior pairs perfectly with the amazing talent that graces the stage throughout the year. In addition to performances by the Missouri Symphony Society, the University of Missouri Concert Series also holds performances there, with guests ranging from violinists to comedians.

Not only is the theatre stunning, but the lobby and upstairs reception area also feature beautiful art and lovingly restored features. You can also stop in to the adjoining Columbia Art League Gallery, which has rotating shows with local, regional and national artists displaying their work. Don’t miss out on this gem right in the middle of downtown Columbia on your next visit.

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9th Street Summerfest…the fun continues!

July 31, 2012

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So far this summer, The Blue Note 9th Street Summerfests have included artists ranging from Girl Talk to Ana Popovic. But just because the weather will turn cooler soon means the fun is over. This year, Summerfest will be extending through September, with some incredible acts filling downtown Columbia with music.

Cracker

August 8th-Free!

Cracker, the group that veritably introduced brash irreverence and irony into alt-rock, are back and in top form on their 429 Records debut, Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey.

This rich new trove of sharp-witted songs showcases a bristling, late 70’s – early 80’s power pop punk aesthetic which hits as hard as it did at the band’s formation 17 years ago. Eight albums (one platinum and three gold) and a barrel full of anthemic hit songs later, Cracker endures, using their ability to weave decades of influences into an album that is seamlessly riveting.

Wilco

September 16th-Tickets $35

Last time Wilco graced the stage on 9th Street, it was a memorable summer evening and the street was packed. The night was hot but breezy, Wilco was incredible and we almost smacked into Jeff Tweedy as he was running for his tour bus (really, we did!).

Hundreds fill the street during Wilco’s last 9th Street appearance.

Though not officially a ‘Summerfest’ show, this time around, Wilco is back after a long break to promote their  album ‘The Whole Love’ and Columbia will be ready to pack 9th Street again. Wilco truly loves Columbia and we’re so excited to welcome them back.

The Head and the Heart

September 29th-Tickets $22 in advance

Leaving a variety of day jobs and academic pursuits, The Head and the Heart came together in the summer of 2009, during frequent visits to the open mic night at Conor Byrne in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. California-transplant Josiah Johnson and Virginia-native Jonathan Russell formed the core songwriting partnership, quickly adding keyboardist Kenny Hensley to the mix. Kenny, then 21, had packed up his piano and moved up to Seattle from California to pursue musical score-writing. The luminous Charity Rose Thielen, violin and vocals, had just returned from a year of studying and playing music in Paris. Drummer Tyler Williams cold left a successful band in Virginia after Jon sent him the demo of “Down in the Valley,” relocating across states to be a part of this. Finally, Chris Zasche, was bartending at Conor Byrne and mentioned one day that he’d be happy to play bass for the nascent band. It all felt right: The Head and the Heart was born.

As with all Summerfest shows, the entrance gate is on the north end of 9th Street and 9th at Walnut and you can purchase beverages inside the gates. The events are rain or shine, and all standing room is first come first serve. No chairs, pets, bikes, or backpacks with the event area please. We’ll see you on 9th Street!

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Have a Fantastic Father’s Day in Columbia

June 12, 2012

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Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, so this Father’s Day, get him something uniquely Columbia! From time spent together to something to bolster one of his many hobbies, we have plenty of ideas that can all be picked up right here in CoMo. Get shopping and make this the best Father’s Day ever!

Get in on the Action!

Sometimes a gift doesn’t have to be wrapped up to be the best choice. In Columbia, there are plenty of experiences to be had with Dad.

Hit the Links: Play a round with Dad at one of Columbia’s picturesque courses.

Play with Paint: On Father’s Day weekend, head out to Boster Castle for a full day of paintball! Battle Creek Paintball offers open play on the weekends, and the Fantasy Fair will also be taking place on the grounds on Father’s Day weekend. The Future, past and even other dimensions converge and collide at Boster Castle for the Fantasy Fair! It’s all about family, food and fun!

An Active Afternoon: What do batting cages, mini-golf and go-kart racing have in common? You can find them all at Perche Creek Golf Center. A day of fun awaits at this facility where moving from one activity to another is easy! You can also take a break in their pro shop and hit a bucket of balls at their driving range.

A Classical Outing: Like music? Like classical music? Even if you think it’s not your thing, take Dad to the Hot Summer Nights concert, ‘Bluff Your Way into Classical Music’ at the Missouri Theatre. It’s a casual event for those who would go to concerts if the pieces weren’t so darn long. The Missouri Symphony Orchestra performs the best classics reduced to five minutes each. For the multi-tasker there will be a sports trivia quiz during the concert.

A Uniquely Columbia Gift!

If an afternoon in the sun isn’t your dad’s idea of fun, wrap up a fun present from one of these great Columbia spots.

-The Outdoorsy Type: Be it hiking, biking, golfing, snow-shoeing or any other activity, the outdoorsy type is easy to shop for in Columbia.

-The Tiger Fan: For the guy that bleeds black and gold, Tiger fans should have no problem getting stocked up with goodies. University Bookstore seems to have every Tiger item known to man and Tiger Spirit has been a mainstay in downtown Columbia for years.

-The Classic Guy: Sure a tie seems cliché but sometimes Dad needs a tie! For ties, dress shirts and more check out Bingham’s downtown to dress your dad in the finest duds. For the wine fan, check out Top Ten Wines. This local favorite is home to experts who will help you pick out a special mix just for Dad.

Near or far, these are just a few ideas to show your dad how much you care. And how much you love Columbia!

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Dance in the Street at Summerfest!

June 8, 2012

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If you’re looking to have a true Columbia experience, be sure to schedule your visit during a 9th Street Summerfest. Every summer, The Blue Note closes down the street outside their venue (9th Street between Walnut and Broadway) for spectacular nights of music. Everyone from Wilco to Snoop Dogg have been a part of Summerfest and this year’s lineup is equally outstanding.

June 15th: Girl Talk

A former biomedical engineer, Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) has scrupulously created music from samples for over eight years. His fourth album, Feed the Animals, continues his sonic evolution towards his party-infested live show. Shows are nonstop hours of music, dancing and sweat. Tickets are only $25.

July 20th: Ana Popovic

Come see one of the world’s best female guitarists in the FREE Summerfest show! With a new album coming out in August, expect new and old favorites from this incredible artist. No ticket hassle for this show…just come out and enjoy!

August 8th: Cracker

Formed over 17 years ago, Cracker returns to Columbia for a FREE Summerfest show! Soak in their sharp-witted songs influenced by late 70s and early 80s sounds with a pop-punk aesthetic.

No matter which Summerfest you attend (Just go to all of them!), you’ll find a group of enthusiastic show goers sipping beer, spending time with friends and dancing in the street in downtown Columbia. It will give you a taste of what summer in Columbia feels like.

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Three Days of Entertainment at the ‘Blind’ Boone Ragtime Festival

May 25, 2012

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Columbia is just over a week away from hosting the ‘Blind’ Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, a three-day event packed with outstanding musical performances, seminars and nightly ‘afterglows’ to celebrate.

The events will take place at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, a beautifully restored vaudeville theater in downtown Columbia. Celebrate the history of early American music and one of the men who made it famous with internationally renowned musicians and fellow music fans. We really think the schedule of performers speaks for itself:

Monday June 11th
o The Ragtime Concert at 7:30 pm
With John Reed Torres, Martin Spitznagel, The Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra, and Robert Milne

Tuesday, June 12th
o Living the Ragtime Life with Max Morath at 2:30 pm followed by The Young Turks Concert
With Will Perkins, Max Keenlyside, Vincent M. Johnson, John Reed-Torres, and Frank LiVolsi
o The Early Jazz Concert at 7:30pm
With Max Keenlyside, Terry Waldo, Paul Asaro, Adam Swanson. Featuring Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on two 9-foot concert grand pianos.

Wednesday, June 13th
o The Stride, Boogie and Blues Concert at 7:30pm
With Paul Asaro, Terry Waldo, Adam Swanson, Frederick Hodges, Dalton Ridenhous, Max Keelyside, Will Perkins. With a finale solo performance by Morten Gunnar Larsen

Pretty incredible, right? We hope you’ll agree and come join us for this outstanding event. Get your tickets in advance and come honor one of Columbia’s most famous citizens.

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